Happy Galentine’s Day!

Yes, you read that right: Galentine’s Day. Finally, a mere 15 or so years after Psychology Today started its Living Single blog and SWWAN came into being, society is accepting an alternative name for one of the most manufactured holidays of all time – another one of the many bows to romance/coupledom.

Society is at last beginning in a small way to integrate the power and realities of single life into the social structure. Perhaps now the previously unchallenged penalties for singles woven into that structure will begin to unravel. The price penalties for solo travelers, the subpar seating/service for solo diners, the insurance penalties for singles, the tax penalties for single filers, and so on.

Next step. Let’s stop pretending it’s an aberration to grow up with a single mom. According to the 2017 Census Bureau, 80% of the 12 million single-parent families in the U.S. were headed by single moms. Time to get real on the benefits and policies in our workplaces – ‘cuz these moms are raising the next generation of employees for your companies.

Happy Galentine’s Day, everyone!


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